The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Colin Farrell faces Rosemary’s Sophie’s Choice in “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, the latest movie from cinematic provoc-auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Blending classic Greek tragedy, existential horror, psychological drama and medical thriller, it’s a challengingly twisted mystery, an Art-“House, M.D.” Dr Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned cardiovascular surgeon lives a seemingly perfect life with … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Paddington 2 (2017) Review

With the original having been an unexpected delight, anticipation for “Paddington 2” was sky high. Could the little bear from Peru pull off the ‘difficult’ second movie? The answer is an unqualified ‘yes’. Determined to get his Aunt Lucy a special present for her 100th birthday, Paddington (Ben Wishaw) sets his heart on a unique … Continue reading Paddington 2 (2017) Review

Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review

Offering first class accommodation, stunning views and a fine selection of a la carte thespian talent, Kenneth Branagh’s elegant and stylish remake of Christie’s famous novel is far more than a mere replacement cast service for the lauded 1974 ‘original’. Exhausted from work and ever so slightly jaded, celebrated Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is looking … Continue reading Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review

Happy Death Day (2017) #MonthOfSpooks Review

For my final #MonthOfSpooks review of the year, I went to see one of the few horror movies which have been released in cinemas for Halloween this year, meaning I started with 1931’s “Dracula” and finished with 2017’s “Happy Death Day”. I ended up watching this film an hour or so after watching the latest episode … Continue reading Happy Death Day (2017) #MonthOfSpooks Review

The Snowman (2017) Review

With apologies to Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Kristen Bell... Do you want to see “The Snowman”? It’s not really all that good, It’s got Fassbender And Ferguson But neither’s in the nude... They adapted Nesbø’s novel And now we've got This dreary murder myst’ry Do you want to see “The Snowman”? You might not … Continue reading The Snowman (2017) Review

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) #Review

With the exception of perhaps “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, has there ever been a (belated) sequel which arrived under so much pressure of expectation as “Blade Runner 2049”? Picking up the baton from Ridley Scott’s lionised 1982 sci-fi noir, visionary director Denis Villeneuve leaps us further into the chillingly realistic dystopian future. Following the … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 (2017) #Review

Strange Days (1995) Review

Long before she became the queen of clinically detached but nerve-shreddingly tense true life docudrama, Kathryn Bigelow directed this vastly underrated, far-sighted techno-thriller. Now finally released on BluRay, it’s time, from the bizarre present day of 2017, to reappraise the Strange Days of 1995. Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler makes a living … Continue reading Strange Days (1995) Review

The Limehouse Golem (2017) Review

On the surface, “The Limehouse Golem” seems like just another Victorian murder mystery, a Sherlockian tribute act riffing off the legend of Jack The Ripper but it’s what beneath the surface, behind the façade that drives the narrative and gives it a thematic power which helps it rise above its clichéd although handsomely executed trappings. … Continue reading The Limehouse Golem (2017) Review

I.T. (2017) Review

If you thought lacklustre 2006 Harrison Ford cyber-thriller “Firewall” was just too action-packed, then have I got a movie for you. As self-made aviation millionaire Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) prepares to launch a new App (Uber for private jet billionaires) and take his company public, he asks an IT intern to come to his home … Continue reading I.T. (2017) Review

Arrival (2016) Review

If alien invasion movies exist on a spectrum where, say, “Independence Day” is the median point and down one end of the spectrum you have the likes of “Battleship” and “Independence Day: Resurgence”, “Arrival” finds its place at the opposite end of the scale. When twelve alien objects appear on Earth simultaneously, the various governments … Continue reading Arrival (2016) Review

Unfriended (2015) Review

I have to say, I honestly thought the first real foray into ‘social networking’ horror movie would be some form of Snapchat exchange movie, where the plot unfolds in a series of 10 second vignettes building up to some shocking twist. [Actually, that’s not a bad idea for a cheap and terrible horror movie. Hollywood, … Continue reading Unfriended (2015) Review

The Forest (2016) Review

Hello cupcakes, long time no speak – sorry about that! Let me break the silence by helping you see the wood for the trees when it comes to spooky mystery “The Forest”… The talented Natalie Dormer - who has been busy of late in “The Hunger Games” as well as TV’s “Games of Thrones” and … Continue reading The Forest (2016) Review

Trapped – Season 1 #Review

Iceland has, in recent years, become something of a perennial favourite for TV and film productions, from HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” to “Prometheus”, “Interstellar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to name but a few so its high time its native productions got their share of the limelight, and “Trapped” – the ten part murder … Continue reading Trapped – Season 1 #Review

Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Crammed with A-list talent, “Hail, Caesar!” is a delightfully light and frothy love letter to a Golden Age of Hollywood which was much more gold-plated than 24-carat memories might suggest. Although not quite the madcap laugh-a-minute romp the expertly edited trailer might suggest – this is not “The Last Ten Minutes Of ‘Blazing Saddles’: The … Continue reading Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Making A Murderer (2015) Review

Have you watched Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”? Sure you have, or you’re about to, or you’re part of the way through. No, wait – scratch that. Nobody’s ‘part of the way through’ “Making A Murderer”. You’re either binge watching it, or you’ve finished it and are still trying to pick your jaw up off the … Continue reading Making A Murderer (2015) Review

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

There’s no sign of Quentin Tarantino stepping outside his comfort zone for his eighth motion picture, “The Hateful Eight”. Instead, this is Tarantino firmly in his wheelhouse, at the height of his powers and gleefully indulging his every cinematic whim. When bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell) is forced to shelter from a … Continue reading The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

*SPOILERS* With the surprising end to Season 3, viewers were excited to see where the BBC’s “Sherlock” would go next and, true to form, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss trolled everyone by announcing that the forthcoming Special would take place in the period for which Holmes is most famously known: the 19th Century – a … Continue reading Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) Review

I really enjoyed “Quarantine”; it was fast paced and energetic. It was chaotic and this brought with it the scary thrill factor you want and expect from a film like this. The gist being there's a crazy virus causing rage/ violence/ zombification. Anyone in the vicinity is at risk and the only form of control … Continue reading Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) Review

Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

It’s mortality rather than Moriarty who stalks the world’s greatest detective in “Mr. Holmes”, Bill Condon’s quietly engrossing portrait of a legend in decline. Based on Mitch Cullen’s novel “A Slight Trick Of The Mind”, “Mr. Holmes” finds Sherlock retired and living is seclusion in a remote Sussex farmhouse, caring for his bees and attended … Continue reading Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

Third Contact (2013) Review

One of the things I love about movies is the breadth of the art form; encompassing everything from mega-budget summer blockbusters to tiny independent productions and how across that range you can find extraordinary works at every level. “Third Contact” is extraordinary. Made for a microscopic budget of only £4,000, writer/ producer/ director Simon Horrocks’ … Continue reading Third Contact (2013) Review

Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Review

Part biography, part mystery, John Maloof’s compelling documentary on hitherto unknown photographer Vivian Maier is as magical as it is enthralling. It tells the story of Maloof’s discovery of a treasure trove of photographs, negatives and undeveloped rolls of film which leads him to uncover the remarkable life and work of Vivian Maier, who in … Continue reading Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Review

Ex Machina (2015) Review

Cinema‘s fascination with the concept of the technological singularity shows no sign of abating, with recent entries ranging from the sublime (“Her”) to the ridiculous (“Transcendence”). But despite the crowded field, Alex Garland’s directorial debut manages to find something new and disquieting to say about it in this stylish and well-crafted thriller. When young coder … Continue reading Ex Machina (2015) Review

Gone Girl (2014) Review

It’s nearly impossible to discuss this film without veering into spoiler territory so – reluctantly – I’m going to have to put up a precautionary *SPOILER WARNING* even though I’ll try and be as oblique as possible. When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home to find his home in disarray and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) … Continue reading Gone Girl (2014) Review

Odd Thomas (2013) Review

  Adapted from a novel by Dean Koontz, “Odd Thomas” is a breezy action horror movie that plays out like the kid from “The Sixth Sense” grew up and grew a spine. As the film’s tagline goes: ‘I see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it’. Part ‘Ghost Whisperer’, part ‘Equalizer’, … Continue reading Odd Thomas (2013) Review

Sabotage (2014) Review

I’ve consulted the Oxford English Dictionary, Webster’s and even urbandictionary.com and none of them provide a definition of “Sabotage” which relates to any of the events in this flaccid, misogynistic, excessively violent and profanity-laden film. Saved from the straight-to-DVD bargain bin by the presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Sabotage” is more of a mystery thriller than the … Continue reading Sabotage (2014) Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review

Quirky with a capital Q (in the Archer font, of course), Wes Anderson’s latest is a refreshingly bold and surreal murder-mystery-comedy-drama bursting at the seams with wit, charm and vibrant performances, all rendered in a beautifully dreamlike palette of pinks, purples and greys. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will not be the film to convert any … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review

Trance (2013) Review

"Trance" is an edgy, complex and stylish psychological thriller with a twisty turny plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Or at least it wants to be, and you know what? I think we should let it, because it tries so very, very hard. So hard. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel … Continue reading Trance (2013) Review

Non-Stop (2014) Review

With awards season winding down, the world’s multiplexes are once again opening up to a broader range of movie as we start the slow, inexorable march towards the summer blockbusterpalooza. It’s time for an action movie, and cometh the hour cometh the man. Liam Neeson adds another troubled tough guy to his action hero CV in … Continue reading Non-Stop (2014) Review

Now You See Me (2013) Review

“Now You See Me” crams as many tricks, flourishes and narrative slight of hands up its sleeves as the Four Horsemen we’re meant to be rooting for…or are we? Louis (“Clash Of The Titans”, “The Transporter”, the better “Hulk” movie) Leterrier’s latest is a slick, glossy crime caper with a swagger that would make Danny … Continue reading Now You See Me (2013) Review